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Pelts and Palisades: The Story of Fur and the Rivalry for Pelts in Early America

Pelts and Palisades: The Story of Fur and the Rivalry for Pelts in Early America

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In the seventeenth century there was a seemingly insatiable demand in Europe for beaver pelts, inflated in no small degree by early laws prohibiting the use of cheaper furs in hat making. Since there was an apparently inexhaustible supply of these pelts in America, the fur trade quickly became the economic lifeblood of the colonies. On it was laid the cornerstone of American commerce.
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